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Manchester United should keep £15m star but sell wing flop

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The eyes of the footballing world have been transfixed upon Old Trafford this week, with supporters and pundits alike eagerly anticipating the completion of a deal that will see Juan Mata move to Manchester United from rivals Chelsea.

Stepping away from that particular saga for just a moment, it appears as if David Moyes could have one or two more transfer issues to resolve before January is through - namely involving the future of two of his existing squad members.

This week, it has been reported that Juventus and Sporting Lisbon are interested in Portuguese winger Nani, whilst it has also been speculated that Javier Hernandez - who is reportedly valued by his club at around the £15 million mark - would like to quit Manchester United before the end of the window due to frustrations over a lack of regular first-team chances heading toward this summer's World Cup showpiece.

Now, assuming for a moment that both of these reports are indeed accurate, Moyes could find himself with a difficult decision to make with regards to a couple of players who, if we are being absolutely truthful, have abjectly failed to make much of an impression since the Scot assumed the managerial reigns during the summer.

In my opinion, I believe that Manchester United should look to sell Nani but keep hold of Hernandez with a view to re-evaluating his situation during the summer.

The decision on the former, particularly with the seemingly imminent arrival of the wonderfully-talented Mata, seems remarkably straightforward. If Juventus - or indeed anyone else for that matter - come up with a suitable bid for the winger that does not represent too much of a problem for the Red Devils then they should take it and wish him well.

While I am in a minority that believe Nani does possess a lot of skill, he is just too unreliable and too inconsistent to persevere with for any longer and it would probably be in his own best interests to seek a fresh start away from Old Trafford.

I do not believe, though, that the same applies to Hernandez - at least not yet. While the popular Mexican has certainly struggled for form so far this season, characterised by his woeful display against Sunderland on Wednesday, injuries to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have left Manchester United very short in the final third of late and, with the club requiring significant strengthening in a variety of areas, Moyes could perhaps do without adding 'buy another striker' to his lengthy to-do list.

Rather, Manchester United and Moyes should give Hernandez the necessary assurances - and I remain skeptical that his World Cup chances are in any danger whatsoever, frankly - and promise to look at a potential move for him at the end of the current campaign when the club will have ample time to secure a sufficient replacement.

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Luis Nani
Javier Hernandez
Premier League
Manchester United
Nani
Football

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